Info for Beginners

Judo is now an Olympic combat sport (Men's Judo became an Olympic Sport in 1964, while Women's Judo didn't arrive until 1988) taught around the world by many people all practising under the same set of rules and with the same values that its founder, Dr Jigoro Kano set out many years ago.

he basics of Judo is pushing and pulling, resisting and giving way to an opposing force and achieving the maximum effect by the most efficient use of energy. In practice or competition, this usually involves making large but fast and coordinated movements with the whole body to throw an opponent who is trying to do the same as you.

Your first lesson will consist of learning to fall safely and an explanation of the rules of judo, you 
then learn at your own pace. If you decide to take up judo, you will be required to purchase a British Judo Association licence; this is so that you and the person you train with are properly insured.

Judo is a contact sport and accidents can happen, although this is rare, it is still necessary to obtain a licence to train.

At Sanshirokwai Judo we try to teach all aspects of Judo and encourage people to follow what interests them whether that is competition, kata, or just a weekly workout! Judo is practiced on mats that ideally are of high-density foam covered in heavy-duty vinyl with a non-slip base. 

The rules of Judo stipulate that the participants wear a specific cotton uniform based on Japanese clothing that has no hard fastenings such as buttons, or zips or buckles and many techniques depend on the participants wearing the correct outfit. The design of the uniform protects against minor injuries such as mat burns and the suit will withstand the rigors' of training that would destroy 'normal' clothes. Footwear is never worn or placed on the mat and while in the practice hall (dojo): 

All participants usually wear foot covering (zori or similar) that they can slip on and off when coming onto or leaving the mat area. Judo must be safe. Judo must be fun.

Today judo is most often viewed as a dynamic combat sport which can be practised by boys and girls, men and women.